Vimeo's recently launched Music Store provides free music for noncommercial videos, low-cost tracks ($1.99) for use on personal videos and commercially priced tracks ($98.00) for commercial use. It's a service that makes sense for Vimeo to add and it might make a handful of musicians better off though the profits are in the aggregation.
The Vimeo Music Store recently launched with music for videos provided by Audiosocket and Free Music Archive. It's a nice example of how commercially licensed music can benefit from being on the same platform as creative commons licensed music.
Audiosocket also seems to be powering the backend with its "Music as a Service" platform.
So should indie artists offer their music through Audiosocket? I'd be interested to hear reader response on the issue. And on the topic of offering music for free through such channels as Free Music Archive.
The FAQ includes the information that Vimeo editors will feature music but beyond that it's hard to see how one could effectively capture attention on the platform. Might be a good next step to develop.
Hypebot contributor Clyde Smith is a freelance writer and blogger. He blogs about web business models at Flux Research and the world of dance at All World Dance. To suggest music services and related topics for review at Hypebot, please contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.